Sweet Sweep

Love Hershey kisses.  Love sweeping the Mets even more.  How sweet.  It was the Phillies first sweep of the Mets at Citizens Bank Park since 2009 and the team’s fifth sweep of the season. Shut out was the Phillies’ seventh and the 14th for the Mets.

Eickhoff ended his season on a high note with double-digit strikeouts for the second straight start.  Last Phillies rookie right-hander to do that was Ray Culp in 1963, twice.  In Eickhoff’s last 30 innings, 27 were scoreless.

One more win and the Phillies avoid losing 100 games.  Hurricane Joaquin may be a factor as to whether the Phillies can get all three games played.  Series with Marlins begins Friday night and ends at 3:05 Sunday afternoon.

This Date In Phillies History
October 2, 2005
Jimmy Rollins ends season with 36-game hitting streak, a club record, in 9-3 win in

October 2, 2008
NLDS #2 at Citizens Bank Park: Shane Victorino hits a grand slam home run off CC
Sabathia to cap a five-run second inning that lifts the Phillies to a 5-2 win and 2-0 lead
over the Brewers.

October 2, 2011
NLDS #2 at Citizens Bank Park: Phillies grab a 4-0 lead after two innings but the
Cardinals come back against Cliff Lee to win, 5-4, and even the series at 1-1.

Being that we are in October when postseason play is a daily occurrence, there are a lot of daily flashback moments.  For October 3 and 4 check in at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Book on Horizon
The Fightin’ Phillies: 100 Years of Philadelphia Baseball from the Whiz Kids to the Misfits
is the title of my new book which will be available starting next May in book stores and on-line.

But, will try to have a book signing at Bright House Field next March as we did two years ago with “If These Walls Could Talk.”  Triumph Books (triumphbooks.com) was the publisher then and again now..


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